Cartouche of Ambition


Format Legality
Standard Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Vintage Legal
Legacy Legal
Modern Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Pauper Legal

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Set Rarity
Amonkhet Common

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Cartouche of Ambition

Enchantment — Aura

Enchant creature you control

When Cartouche of Ambition enters the battlefield, you may put a -1/-1 counter on target creature.

Enchanted creature gets +1/+1 and lifelink

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Cartouche of Ambition Discussion

Argy on Steaming Tar Pit

3 hours ago

Sweltering Suns has no interaction with Nest of Scarabs, unless I'm missing something. It doesn't put -1/-1 counters on any Creatures.

I would remove Cartouche of Ambition and Nest of Scarabs for Fatal Push/Magma Spray (meta call), and Grasp of Darkness. Two of the best removal spells around.

Supernatural Stamina is AWESOME. it's like having a Black Counter spell.

I like Nature's Way better than Clear Shot. Mostly because it's cheaper, but also because of the Trample.

DubiousDanish on First 11 days in M.T.G.! Help me defeat my gf!

6 days ago

The interaction between Trial of Ambition and Cartouche of Ambition could be your best option to deal with her strategy. Make your creatures better while making hers weaker "and" recasting your trial to make her keep sacrificing her creatures.

DubiousDanish on First 11 days in M.T.G.! Help me defeat my gf!

1 week ago

Aaaawwwww yyeeeaaahh! This post and subsequent thread is so good! You're raking in the experience now whisenhuntn! Great catch on the Act of Treason/Nightmare interaction Tyrant-Thanatos, I completely missed that earlier. Solid advice on composition and your explanation of the legendary rule was crystal clear Argeaux.

As far as the most popular format for sanctioned play (as in monitored by judges and run at an lgs) is the standard format. This format is comprised of the last four expansion blocks that have been released. Currently Battle for Zendikar, Oath of the Gatewatch, Shadows Over Innistrad, Eldritch Moon, Kaladesh, Aether Revolt, and Amonkhet are all standard legal. To keep up on all things magic -- -- is straight from WOTC (Wizards of the Coast) themselves. My favorite YouTube channel is -- SBMTG -- and for browsing I use -- --.

Thinking out loud may be harmful to your strategy by giving your opponent too much info, but announcing the five phases is actually a good thing that I think more players should be willing to do. Just keep in mind that in competitive play you're on the clock... literally. Each round is 50 minutes/best of three, at 50 minutes you are notified that you have five turns (current turn is 0) to finish. At the end step of turn five if there is not a winner the round ends in a draw.

Until you feel comfortable running a kill deck, in this case aggro, I wouldn't recommend building a control or focus deck. How can you stop something that you don't fully understand? My first deck was Izzet (Blue & Red) and I didn't know what to counter or what to kill, so inevitably I lost. A lot! Use aggro as a training ground and as you learn it's strengths and weaknesses other decks/strategies will make much more sense.

To bolster your aggro deck:

Drana, Liberator of Malakir

Fatal Push

Gifted Aetherborn

Glint-Sleeve Siphoner

Grasp of Darkness



Ruinous Path

Scrapheap Scrounger

Snare Thopter


Vampire Cutthroat.

All of these cards could work in an aggro shell, they are of varying price points and casting costs. If you decide on a specific creature type or mechanic that you want to build around then the list will change of course. For instance if you decided "I like vampires" then creatures like Markov Crusader or Metallic Mimic gain value in a vampire based (tribal) deck. As for non-creature spells a card like Cartouche of Ambition is alright, but if you are also running Trial of Ambition the cartouche becomes much better. Without using both of the above cards, utilizing a pure removal spell like murder or never//return that I listed above will clear a path for your creatures to strike.

SkoomaDaDrug on BR Hazoret the Vampire

2 weeks ago

Heyo superturner23,

Would you consider adding Indulgent Aristocrat, Falkenrath Gorger, Hazoret's Favor, Kari Zev's Expertise, Bloodlust Inciter,Bontu's Monument, Cartouche of Ambition, and Flameblade Adept. Im definitely not saying to add all of these :) but some of them could definitely fit really well in the deck :)

Epochalyptik on How do -1/-1 counters interact ...

3 weeks ago

It depends on what you mean by "in response."

If, say, Walking Ballista is targeted by the ETB ability from Cartouche of Ambition, you can respond to the ability by activating Walking Ballista's last ability.

If, however, your Walking Ballista would be dealt wither or infect damage in combat, you would have to choose between weakening (or killing) Walking Ballista pre-damage in order to get the most out of the counters or allowing Walking Ballista to take the damage and losing the counters before you get priority again.

With Hapatra, Vizier of Poisons, you get the token if you're the player who placed the counter. The counter has to be placed in order for state-based actions to remove it.

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